The Dallas Stars are in post-season form. Which, of course, is horrible news.
As has become a dreaded spring tradition, they're again teasing, tantalizing but, ultimately, disappointing. Just five days ago I was checking out our hockey heroes when I noticed, that, hey, the Stars just won consecutive important road games at Detroit and Nashville! Wow, they're 10-1-1 in their last 12!! Awesome, only four points behind Anaheim in the Pacific Division!!! Looking at the schedule, I made a note that tonight's home showdown against the Ducks would be exactly that -- a showdown.
In typical Stars' now-you-see-us-now-you-don't fashion, Friday's finally rolled around, and they've totally flubbed the puck. In short: Stars fall down go boom. They're suddenly the biggest flop on ice this side of Blades of Glory, which is hilarious to my 10-year-old but will barely make you crack a smile if you're at all fond of this classic.
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Horrendous losses to the crappy Blues and last night to the crappy Blue Jackets have totally evaporated Dallas' division title hopes, and all but deteriorated tonight's shoulda-been big deal into an everybody-stay-healthy scrimmage. With only Sunday's season finale against Chicago between them and the finish line, looks like the Stars will finish as the Western Conference's No. 6 playoff seed, which means no home-ice advantage in the first round. Which, if you're familiar with recent Stars' history and the pratfalls of goalie Marty Turco, might not be such a bad thing after all. --Richie Whitt